“I want to see communities in which our interactions consistently demonstrate what I call the ‘other four-letter words’: kind, hope, care, love.”
Tolerance is a low horizon. It is often held up as a virtue which Australians should display to accommodate the nation’s diversity of human experiences. But it does not lead us toward our richest flourishing, and it is not magnanimous.read more
There are three steps to kind communication.
Step one: be kind in your next interaction.
Step two: reflect on this.
I noticed that he was staring at my mouth with studied fascination - and then he suddenly reached out and took my face in his little hands, pulled me around toward him and exclaimed with loud revelation, "You've got Murray on your face!" What!? Who is on my face?!...read more
This story is about a four letter word. Allow me to create a scene for you. One that has happened many times over the lovely years of privilege of my work. I am sitting on a tiny chair at a little table in my playful speech pathology clinic room with a child and his...read more
Drawing back the curtain I declared, mostly to myself, "Ah... look at the pale, morning sunshine. It's so beautiful." I wasn't expounding entirely to myself though; two small people, newcomers to my home, were with me in the room, colouring at the breakfast bar. And...read more
Without any effort or intention, without willing it to be so, an image of a glass of water appeared in my mind. It thrills me when visual metaphors shimmer into place, for I have learned that they explain me to me in some surprising way. Into the clear water dropped a...read more